OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 12, 2013) - The Canadian Museum of Nature is pleased to welcome Stephen J. Henley as the new Chairperson of its Board of Trustees. The appointment was announced Wednesday, June 12 by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Mr. Henley is from Newfoundland and is an accomplished business leader, specifically in the domain of subsea engineering and construction. Since 2008, he has been Managing Director of Subsea 7 Canada, a global company servicing the offshore energy sector. Prior to this, he held several executive-level positions in various companies.

"It will be an honour to serve the Canadian Museum of Nature over the next few years," says Mr. Henley. "I look forward to assisting the museum in leveraging its world-class research and programs through collaboration and support from partners across Canada in order to continue its critical role in advancing knowledge about the natural world and our place in it."

"Mr. Henley's business experience and leadership skills will serve the museum well, especially as we seek to broaden our reach and impact, establish a stronger support base from the private sector and ensure continued fulfillment of our mandate," says Meg Beckel, the museum's President and CEO.

In addition to chairing the Board of Directors of Subsea 7 Canada, Mr. Henley has served on the boards and committees of a number of organizations. These include Ocean Learning Partnership, dedicated to creating opportunities for youth through exposure to the full spectrum of ocean related fields of studies, Wonderbolt Productions, an animal-free circus providing entertainment and physical arts instruction to children across Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Newfoundland Ocean Industry Association. Mr. Henley is also among the Canadian ambassadors for Al Gore's Climate Project, which he joined in 2008. In addition to attending Memorial University of Newfoundland, he holds numerous industry certifications.

About the Canadian Museum of Nature

The Canadian Museum of Nature is Canada's national museum of natural history and natural sciences. The museum provides evidence-based insights, inspiring experiences and meaningful engagement with nature's past, present and future through scientific research, a 10.5 million specimen collection, education programmes, signature and travelling exhibitions, and a dynamic web site, A founding member of the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada, the museum is working with partners to expand its national service and presence.

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Canadian Museum of Nature